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Anastasia

Updated: Monday, January 13 2014, 05:18 PM EST

On Friday night, after stop-bys at The 13th Floor at The Belvedere for a Manhattan and at Adela in Fells Point for a late nibble, I stepped around the corner on Thames Street to duck into the new Anastasia for an opening VIP party. You may recall this space from a hot streak it enjoyed a few years ago as Meli, a beautiful restaurant designed by Rita St. Clair Associates with a small adjoining barroom, a patisserie counter area and a lower level lounge space. After a 5-year run, it closed in 2012. Now Kali's Restaurant Group (Kali's Court, Mezze, Adela, Admiral's Cup) has redone the space and the concept, and reopened it with an Italian theme and menu as Anastasia. The former patisserie area is gone, and what was the main dining room has been supplanted by a large bar that takes center stage in the middle of the room. Another bar has been added downstairs on the lower level. The place definitely now has more of a club/lounge feel, though there is a short menu with Italian specialties (pastas, salads, etc.) on offer. The rooms were packed with party people on Friday, there to survey the new scene: Ari Cohen, Marty & Sharon Bass, Tiffany Zappulla, Deni & Neal Tabor, Joe Woolman, Stacy Swann, Steve & Jamie Stern, Barbie Hargrave and Merritt Dworkin were just a few of the faces I saw in the course of the evening.


(Shown above: The main bar at Anastasia in Fells Point.)

Anastasia


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